The skills you gain through studying English are marketable in most sectors. Read on for inspiration on where you could use your degree

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

As English is a non-vocational degree, it's important to include skills developed outside your study on your CV.

At university, for example, many English students write for student newspapers and magazines, get involved with student radio or film societies, or volunteer in the community or local schools. Evidence of any skills gained from work experience and extracurricular activities, as well as through study, can help boost your job prospects.

If you have a particular career in mind, apply for relevant work placements and summer internships to get some practical experience and to find out whether you would enjoy the role, and to build up a network of contacts. Opportunities will be advertised on company websites, on sector job sites, careers service websites and in national newspapers. For experience with smaller companies, you may have to approach them directly.

Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.

Typical employers

English graduates find opportunities with many different employers, across a range of public, private and charity sectors, including:

  • administration
  • advertising, marketing and PR
  • arts management
  • education
  • events management
  • finance
  • general management
  • leisure and hospitality
  • research
  • retail
  • tourism.

Employers such as advertising marketing and public relations agencies, media organisations and publishing companies, the NHS (National Health Service), educational institutions, financial and legal firms and local and national government, all value the broad set of skills English graduates have.

Find information on employers in media and internet, marketing, advertising and PR, public services and administration and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

The major strength of all English graduates is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Studying an English degree also develops skills in:

  • independent working
  • time management and organisation
  • planning and researching written work
  • articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
  • leading and participating in discussions
  • negotiation and teamworking to present ideas and information
  • effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • critical reasoning and analysis
  • using IT.

Further study

Some English graduates choose to continue their academic studies by doing an MA or a PhD in areas such as English language and literary studies, creative writing, Victorian, fantasy or mediaeval literature, or linguistics.

Others choose to study more vocational postgraduate courses in areas such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law. Such courses allow you to study in an area you wish to enter as a career. More information on funding for postgraduate study and research is available from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

English graduates may decide to undertake professional vocational study in areas such as marketing and management, finance, human resource management and business to enhance their knowledge of a specific career area.

For more information on further study and find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses in English.

What do English graduates do?

15% of English graduates who entered employment found roles as teaching professionals. Sales, marketing and related associate professionals (11%), media professionals (9%), and artistic, literary and media occupations (7%) are also among the top five jobs held by English graduates 15 months after graduating.

Further study12.2
Working and studying12
Graduate destinations for English
Type of workPercentage
Marketing, PR and sales17.3
Clerical, secretarial and administrative13
Arts, design, media12.5
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other English graduates are doing 15 months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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